StoryCorps

Warm Memories Of Overseas Modeling Work During The Cold War

Jacqueline Chester and her granddaughter, Victoria Vassel, talked in the StoryCorps Atlanta booth.
Credit COURTESY OF STORYCORPS ATLANTA
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Jacqueline Chester, 79, was a teenager when she realized she had model potential.

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She participated in several fashion shows in her native New York before being invited to model for a seven-week stint overseas.

In the StoryCorps Atlanta booth, she tells her 20-year-old granddaughter, Victoria Vassel, about a rather unusual job for a young African-American woman to take during the early years of the Cold War.

This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps Booth